By RODRICK ANDERSON
A six-run second inning combined with shutout by Chance Stone and Andrew Sheridan propelled the Sulphur Tors to a 10-0 win over Lafayette at home on Monday in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs.
The ninth-ranked Tors’ offense racked up eight hits including a pair of extra base hits in the sixth inning to end the game on the 10-run mercy rule. Haydn Stutes led off the inning with a triple to right-center field and scored on a ground out by Scott Jones. Sheridan then drilled a double off the left field wall and an error brought home courtesy runner Cullen Burton to end the game.
“Our offense has continued to get better and better,” Sulphur head coach Jesse Cassard said. “They have bought into the system now.
“I am excited. We stayed locked in. There are really no easy outs right now one through nine. It was good to see the guys stepping up and getting a couple of hits at the end of the game.”
The Tors batted around in the second inning scoring three runs on either a bases loaded walk or hit batter plus a two-run single by Scott Jones. Stutes put the Tors up 6-0 after stealing home.
Sheridan added a two-run single in the fourth inning.
Stone made four relief appearances in the last two weeks with Sheridan out of the starting pitching rotation, but was stellar in his first start since April 8th allowing just three hits in four innings with three strikeouts. Sheridan pitched the fifth inning in is first outing since March 30th.
It was the Tors’ first playoff win since beating West Monroe 8-4 in the quarterfinals two years ago. Sulphur lost to Captain Shreve 3-1 in the first-round last year as the No. 6 seed.
Sulphur will travel to No. 8 Hahnville for a best-of-three regional series starting at 4 p.m. on Friday. The second game will start at 11 a.m. on Saturday with a possible third game at 2 p.m.
The Tors lost to Hahnville 10-4 on April 8th.
“They have a guy, Austin Perrin, that is ULL signee,” Cassard said. “He has been pitching there for four years and he is really good.
“We faced him last time, so we have seen their No. 1. We know what to expect, but it is going to be a battle. It is hard to go to Hahnville. It is a tough place to play.”
Sulphur 10, Lafayette 0
Lafayette 000 000—0-3-1
Sulphur 060 202—10-8-3
PITCHING: W — Chance Stone (8-4). L — Joseph Battaglia.
TOP HITTERS: Lafayette — Conner Simon 1-2 (double). Sulphur — Scott Jones 3-4 (run, 3 RBIs), Andrew Sheridan 2-2 (run, 2 RBIs, double), Ben Broussard 1-1 (run), Haydn Stutes 1-3 (run, triple).
RECORDS: Lafayette — 13-19. Sulphur — 22-13.